UIM XCAT World Series set to welcome first female

Sweden’s Veronica Olderin will make UIM history this week when she becomes the first ever female driver in the UIM XCAT World Series, reports former British Champion Richard Carr.

Swede behind the wheel for new Swecat Racing Team

History will be made in Fujairah between 25-27 February when the World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA) welcomes its first female racer.

It certainly won’t be a first for Olderin, though, who has been involved in powerboat racing since her teens.

She is set to team up with former Class 3C world champion Mikael Bengtsson in one of four teams joining the series for the first time this season.

On joining the team, Olderin said: “My father has been competing my whole life so when I turned 18 I had my first race with my father. After that I bought my first boat and since then I have been competing with an all-girl team in different classes.

“I have several Swedish gold medals and pretty good positions in the European championships also.”

World Champs help prepare Swecat

Dubai-based Victory Team, who recently won the first ever OPGP and QMSF Qatar Cup, have constructed two boats for Swecat Racing. One will be used to race in the series, whilst the other will be used for training in Sweden.

Victory have also lent the support and expertise of their racers ahead of Swecat’s debut season, as CEO Niklas Sjoo explained:

“We are very grateful to the Victory Team and to the WPPA who have helped us to be a part of the World Series. We are looking to sign up for three years but we are starting out just with this year and then we’ll develop the team.

“We’re having a training session with the Victory Team at the end of this week and hopefully we will learn a lot from Arif and Nadir in that time. We are very grateful for that.”

The first round of the UIM XCAT World Series kicks off on Wednesday, 25 February, with the main race – the Fujairah Grand Prix taking place on the afternoon of Friday, 27 February.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.

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